The Man from Uz
Scripture: Job 1:1-4:21
Job was from Uz, the land of Edom, modern-day Jordan and southern Israel. Scripture tells us Job was blameless and a man of complete integrity. One translation even says "the man of perfect integrity." (HCSB-Holman Christian Standard Bible) Words like blameless and perfect intimated even the strongest believer. Before we assume we can’t identify with Job, let’s take a closer look.
Job is not our first friend to be described as blameless. Not so long ago we met Noah.
Blameless/Perfect is the Hebrew word tam (tawm). It means morally innocent, having integrity, one who is morally and ethically pure. Job and Noah were what we call today good guys. Identifying with these Job and Noah isn’t so hard after all.
All this got me thinking, How does a good guy/girl act? I would love for God to describe me as blameless. Wouldn’t you?
After a little sleuthing, I found, tucked in the book of Micah, three easy steps to living like a good guy/girl.
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8.
It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
- Love what is right - be fair and just, fight for fairness and justice
- Love mercy - love kindness, value and treasure it.
- Walk humbly - be modest and humble, don’t think more of yourself than you ought
Yes. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
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